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good morning, america. i'm robin roberts. >> and i'm george stephanopoulos. it's wednesday, august 18th. and this morning, the holdout. a lone juror saves rod blagojevich of conviction on the most serious corruption charge. federal prosecutors promise to try again. the former governor fights on. >> i didn't break any laws. i didn't do anything wrong. >> this morning, a juror speaks. we have the inside story of the holdout. terror aid. muslim extremists come in to the victims of the flood. and has food and water become the new weapon in the fight against terrorism? the incredible egg recall. 228 million eggs have been
linked to salmonella poisoning. how can you know? what can you do if a tainted egg is on your breakfast table this morning. a new twist in the search for kyron horman. the stepmother's best friend breaks her silence. why she is supporting terri horman and her role in the investigation. good morning, everyone. a very narrow escape for the former governor of illinois, rod blagojevich. after two weeks of jury deliberations, she was convicted on a single count of lying to federal agents. but the federal jury deadlocked on the other 23 counts, including the most explosive of all. that being that he tried to sell an appointment to senator obama's old senate seat. >> he sate i'd was a narrow escape. a lone juror held out on this. but blagojevich could face up to
five years in prison. and there is another trial. i'll bet that president obama is chomping the bit to begin his summer break. what a tough summer it has been. his poll numbers are dropping. democrats are nervous about november. as the president wraps up his cross country campaign swing today, we'll talk to somebody who knows something about tough times in the white house, republican strategist, karl rove. first, the verdict is in. for illinois governor rod blagojevich. was found guilty of one count of the indictment. making false statements to the fbi. after 14 days of deliberations, the jury remained deadlocked on the 23 other counts against him. chris bury is in chicago. has the latest for us. good morning, chris. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the convicted governor won't be going to jail anytime soon. he's free on bond, pending a new trial. the jury deadlock, a parabparti victory for blagojevich. and blagojevich, brimming with
indignation, claiming vindication. >> this jury shows you, we're seeing that the government threw everything but the kitchen sink at me. on every count except for one, and every charge except for one, they could not prove that i did anything wrong. >> reporter: a glum-looking u.s. attorney, patrick fitzgerald, tried to put the best face on a stunning setback. >> the jury deadlocked on the bulk of the other charges. they could not agree that we had proven or not proven those counts. and as you know, we intend to retry these charges in the near future. >> reporter: one reason prosecutors want a retrial on the most explosive charge, trying to sell barack obama's senate seat, the vote was 11-1, to convict. on other counts, the jury was more evenly divided. >> the people that said not guilty were adamant. i thought the government moved its case. >> reporter: for 18 months, the quirky elvis-loving ex-governor has embraced every camera he could. >> i'll be vindicated. i did nothing wrong.
>> reporter: sometimes mocked. and even fired. >> rod, you're fired. >> reporter: working the crowds outside his trial like it was his last campaign. >> god bless you. thank you so much. >> reporter: inside, the jurors heard a foul-mouthed politician on wiretaps, conspiring, prosecutors said, to sell barack obama's senate seat. >> i mean, i've got this thing. and it's [ bleep ] golden. and i'm just not giving it up for [ bleep ] nothing. >> reporter: but his rambunctious defense team, a father and son, insisted blagojevich was all talk. that he never took money or anything else. federal prosecutors are pushing for a new trial as early as this fall. the defense plans to appeal that one guilty count of lying to the fbi. so, the blagojevich saga is to be continued. robin? >> won't be ending anytime soon. chris, thank you. to get more insight, i spoke earlier with one of the jurors in the case. eric sarnello, told me there was
one holdout on the charges to sell the senate seat. eric, thank you for joining us. i want to start with the most serious charge. and that is attempting to sell obama's senate seat. one holdout. what were her reasons? >> i think we came to realize there's just major fundamental different ideas and views on, you know, what we were seeing in the evidence. so, you know, we were -- for example, we would play a phone call. one side would say, you know, that supports, right there, he's guilty. whereas, you know, it would come on the other side, no. to me, that just showing more than, you know, he's not guilty. >> and at any point did you feel you were close -- the other jurors close to convincing her? >> you know, you'd like to think so at some points, we were close. but i couldn't tell you for sure. >> give us an overall atmosphere of if jury room. were the deliberations sense? >> definitely. especially at the beginning. we came to deliberation with a
lot of emotion. it did get heated in the beginning. we would realize that people started to shut down once they started to feel they were getting attacked. and people would get a little more offensive and would shut down. we could take a step back. tried to take emotions out of it. that's when we started to get rolling. >> deliberations lasted 14 days. and you said early on, you felt it would take this long. and that the outcome would be what it was. >> right. >> why is that? >> i mean, to me, it was kind of obvious, just hearing some of the other people talk. you know, what they needed, what she needed, in order to, you know, see that she wanted to see that clear-cut evidence, which we knew just wasn't there for her. to me, it was kind of obvious where we were going to end up. >> and just give us your overall impressions of the former governor. by his and own admission, he's quite a character. we've seen a lot of him. what did you come away thinking? >> i went into this not knowing
anything about him at all. you know, i kind of -- as a person, i kind of liked him. he was kind of funny. my favorite line was, i'm crazy but i'm not nuts. >> do you think it would have helped you all, if the former governor had taken the stand? >> you know, i mean -- not something we talked about too much. it didn't really affect my decision at all. >> and now? going to a retrial. what do you think is going to happen? >> i mean, new 12 people, 12, different minds. could turn out like a new us. could be completely different. you never know. >> that's the truth. erik, thank you very much. >> no problem. >> appreciate your time this morning. >> all right. thank you. >> again, federal prosecutors pushing for the new trial to begin, as early as possibly this fall. we're going to turn to the situation in pakistan. it is getting even worse. more monsoon rains are forecast. 20 million people are endangered.
the u.n. chief calls it the worst humanitarian disaster he's ever seen. and extremists are taking advantage of this desperate situation. jim sciutto is in islamabad with more. >> reporter: george, good morning. pakistani officials are insisting that no aid will get to extremist groups. and that the groups will not be able to use this crisis to build support. but this morning, we found evidence that some of those groups are doing exactly that. victims mobbing relief trucks. looting aid supplies. more evidence of a pakistani government unable to respond to the crisis. so, look who is stepping in. this is a relief camp set up by a pakistani muslim extremist group, the same group behind the brazen attacks in mumbai in 2008, which killed more than 160 people at luxury hotels. the camp manager told us, they're operating here with no restrictions. we've been here since soon after the floods, he said. and we have 17 or so camps all over the province. the families here don't ask questions. starving and homeless, they'll
take help from whoever gives it to them. the u.s. is waging a hearts and minds campaign of its own. we joined them as they delivered aid by helicopter to the hard-hit swat valley, where only earlier this year, pakistani forces completed a massive offensive against the taliban and other extremist groups, under pressure from the u.s. but american officials insist the extremists role in flooding relief remains small. >> we're not too concerned about the role of extremist charities because we think the people of pakistan has a lot of domestics that are very active and very reputable. >> reporter: not enough to meet the need of 20 million people affected by the floods. 8 million still have not received any aid. and some of the groups filling that gap, george, are the very group nas the u.s. and pakistan are fighting here. >> okay, jim. thanks. now, for the rest of the morning's news, bianna golodryga at the newsdesk for juju chang. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with a major recall
this morning. one of the nation's largest egg companies is recalling hundreds of millions of eggs because of a salmonella outbreak. our dr. richard besser is here with more. good morning, rich. >> good morning, bianna. some 230 million eggs are being recalled by the wright county farm in galt, iowa. we'll have the brand names for you in a moment. the recall was announced after hundreds of salmonella cases in three states. california, colorado and minnesota. the fda is investigating the farm to try to find the source of the contamination. here's what you need to know. the egg cartons were packaged between may 16th and august 13th. and stamped with one of three codes. p-1026. p-1413. or p-1946. and here are the 13 brand names they were sold under. you should not consume these eggs. return them to the store for a full refund. we have this brand list on our website, abcnews.com. the number of people sickened in the outbreak could be in the thousands.
it's important to remember that thoroughly cooking your eggs greatly reduces your risk of salmonella poisons. symptoms can start as long as three days after eating the eggs, and include fever, cramps and diarrhea. two fighter jets scrambled in the skies over seattle. two sonic booms were heard, giving city residents quite a scare. a small plane had accidentally entered restricted air space. but landed on lake washington before being intercepted. the pilot was released after being questioned on the dock. in south carolina, the mother of two, little boys found submerged in a car will be charged with their murders today. police say is a kwshaquan duley admitted to suffocating her sons and rolling them into the river. she was broke, unemployed and arguing with her mother. finally, an unusual hostage drama unfolded when a sheriff's deputy went to help a broken
down truck on a north carolina highway. turns out the truck was carrying beehives. the deputy was trapped in his squad car, as 50,000 bees swarmed around him. he had to sit there for three hours until beekeepers ushered the bees back into their boxes. they distracted the bees by spraying them with sugar water, that they started licking off of each other. but have no fear, these were lovers. these were italian bees. >> sure. >> they're not very aggressive. >> tell the officer in the car. >> i would have stayed in that car as long as it takes. >> you know who would have helped him out? sam champion. he was the beekeeper on the program here. i never heard the term, lover bees. i'm not with that one. let's get to the boards. there's a lot of heavy rain in some cases. alabama, six to eight inches of rain yesterday. today, more. one to three inches locally. check out how the tropical moisture getting under the stationary fronts.
del marva peninsula, looking into tennessee, kentucky, down to new orleans. that will be heavy rain that continues. the remnants of td number 5 in the southeast. look at oklahoma city. back up to tomorrow, triple-digit heat. dallas, san antonio, all big heat today. >> it is a very wet wednesday. already heavy rainfall, but mostly light and outlying areas.
in southern maryland, mostly light rain. these are pushing off to the east. but heavy rainfall in and around the metro area, especially earlier this morning and continuing. areas of flooding in the district and immediate surrounding counties. moving into prince george's county. highs today in and, george, only one thing scared me. i was nervous about the word crisps, going into the commercial break. i wasn't sure if i could get it out. >> you did it perfect. >> thank you. president obama is in the final day of a campaign swing, helping democratic candidates facing tough contests in november, before heading off on a vacation where he says he will charge his batteries. in seattle, tuesday, the president charged up the crowd. >> you remember our slogan during the campaign, yes, we can? their slogan is, no, we can't.
no, we can't. hmm. it's really inspiring. >> the crowd loved the sarcasm. but will that argument work for democrats? is the president the right person to be delivering it right now? is there anything he can do to beat back a republican wave come november. joining us is karl rove, now a fox news contributor, and author of "korj and consequence." i know you're a loyal republican. but put on your objective political strategist hat for a second. is the president right to be out there? and is this the right message for him? >> he's right to be out there raising money for democrats. that's how he can help them. but he's wrong to be out there with the unpresidential sarcasm. and attempting to be the messenger for the democrats. parties lose seats when the approval is low 50%. his approval rating is in the low 40s. this portends a huge wave for
the republicans in the fall. and he doesn't make it better for democrats by constantly being on the stage and by attempting to set the tone for the fall, with this sarcastic and negative tone. >> in 2006, that was a tough year for republicans. you were in the white house. did you know that the election was gone? >> no. and remember, the elections -- the 2006 election was settled by a relatively small number of votes in a small number of contests. republicans lost control of the senate, for example, by 3,500 some odd votes in montana. you take the 15 closest races that determined the difference between a republican majority and a democrat majority. and they were settled out of 82 million votes cast. they were settled by a cumulative margin of about 27,022 votes. this election could be very close. we're going to find a number of contests settled by a small
number of votes, with huge consequences for the political outlook of the country. >> when you look at it, what could prevent the republicans from taking over, especially the house? one thing that democrats are banking on, are the candidates that they call more extreme, like rand paul and sharron angle in nevada, would cost republican seats that otherwise they would win. >> well, first of all, i think they're betting on the wrong thing. in each instance, they have -- in kentucky, a very liberal candidate who supported stimulus. who supported cap and trade. who supports the obama deficits. who supported obama care. and in nevada, you have harry reid whose favorables have been stuck in the high 30s or low 40s. and only chance of re-election is to take every dollar in his war chest and to radiate his republican opponent. that's not the most charming way to get re-elected. and it's not an easy thing to do. >> no. but he's still ahead, at least for now. let's turn to the controversy of
the week. the plans to build an islamic center near ground zero. you saw the president get pounced on pretty hard over the weekend. now, prominent republicans are worrying that your party may be taking the criticism too far. here was governor chris christie of new jersey. i understand the family members who lost loved ones at the hands of radical muslim extremists. but it would be wrong to so overreact to that. if we paint islam with a radical muslim extremists that just want to kill americans because we are americans. he's been joined by some of your former colleagues in the bush administration. james glassman, who became his top public diplomat, who worry that the type of rhetoric we've been hearing from people like newt gingrich is going to undercut the work that president bush did and president obama is trying to do to reach out to the moderate muslim world. are you worried about that? >> well, i am. but i'm even more worried about what the president himself did. this is why i'm furious about it.
i don't want the mosque to be built there. but i understood that this was a local issue to be settled in new york. but it was the president, on friday night, at a dinner at the white house, gave a full-throated endorsement to this, that sounded to everybody who heard the remarks as if he supported the mosque being built, the islamic center being built at the site. and saturday morning, he comes out and said, i have not commented. and will never comment on whether it's right to build it there. now, imagine you're in the islamic world. on friday night, you hear that the president has supported the mosque being built there. and on saturday morning -- >> do you fault him for the friday statement or the saturday statement? >> i fault him for both. this was an issue -- the president -- every president bunt need -- you were there, george. in every instant, did you have to go there and say, mr. clinton, you need to get involved in every issue that's popping up on the radar scope? the president was better to have
said -- signal a tone of respect for islam on friday night, without engaging in a controversy in local controversy, that he previously avoided. and then, after saturday morning, he says he's going to avoid again. he did real damage to america's standing in the world by this inconsistent and incoherent answer that he gave on friday, with a different answer on saturday morning. >> thank you. as you said, you did say right at the top, you're concerned that republicans may take this too far, as well. karl rove, thank you for your time this morning. >> you bet. >> interesting. >> always interesting. still to come here, the mystery woman breaks her silence. terri horman's friend reveals why she knows kyron's stepmom could never be involved in his disappearance. and after the fallout from her controversial comments, dr. laura schlessinger is ending her radio show.
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>> very rough, indeed. the hard rain is making it exceedingly difficult to navigate. several water rescues report. in the district, they are implementing weekend restrictions through rock creek park. rescues of long beach drive. closing a portion of beach drive between broad branch and rock creek. those turning around on canal road at fletcher's boat house because of deep water. lawyers mill and hunters mill, a problem with the deep water. river road, a portion of that in a quagmire close to wilson lane. so deep, up to the tires. with information about how hard the rain is and how long it will last, adam caskey is next. the mother made -- rain is
mostly light in most regions but there are some embedded downpours and the past several hours in and around the metro area. southern maryland, light rain. take a look of the heavier rain. the orange and red, that is the heaviest rain, northern prince george's county pushing east. still moderate rain and the district. rock creek parkway and beach drive. is still a moderate rain. it is moving west to east and a little bit ne. we will get a break from the heavy rain showers, just off and on series throughout the day. flood warnings in the district and immediate surrounding counties until 10:15 a.m.. highs to the upper and middle 70's. >> we hope you'll stay with us.
with our delicious icy mocha beverages. get your summer treat today. america runs on dunkin'. >> welcome back. the threat of heavy rain is giving rise to more flooding fears. it has really been a tough summer for parts of the d.c. area. with the region currently under of the flood watch some are not taking any chances. live in alexandria with more. they often see flooding in old town. >> it is one of the hot spots for flooding. all around the region this morning, very heavy downfall. a lot of concern about flooded roads and basements. heavy rains started early and just keeps coming down. the onslaught of moisture after last week's big lujan has fears of flooding on the rise. >> i am scared out of my mind. >> while some loaded on
sandbags, others just hope for the best. with the rain expected to continue for hours, the forecast calls for it to carry on through the day. the likelihood of localized flooding is high. also concerned about rising water on low-lying roads. then, the already wet earth and the for the saturation of the ground could loosen trees and call some of them to come crashing down. this can lead to yet another bout of power outages. right now the big concern is flooded roadways. we understand that over near rock creek park, there are some flooded roadways. we will be monitoring visage was in for you. reporting live from abc 7 news. >> lisa telling us about vehicles stuck in the high water already pared the storms moving through the area have already knocked out power to some homes and businesses. here are the latest numbers. pepco is reporting a few thousand in d.c. and maryland
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it is one of the most unpleasant anxiety-inducing medical procedures. but this morning, dr. richard besser takes the fear out of colonoscopies, by taking us through his own procedure. even he learns something from the experience. we're going to have that for you in a moment. we say good morning, america. i'm george stephanopoulos. >> and all of the prep for it. not just the procedure for it. i'm robin roberts. thank you, george. also this half hour, the way to describe the new housing numbers, the good, the bad and the ugly. mellody hobson looks at the numbers and what it means to homeowners and buyers. a big announcement last night from dr. laura
schlessinger. she is going radio-silent. she had the controversial comments on her radio show last week. now, she announced she is going off the air. that will not stop her from speaking out, as well. and this half hour, new details in the case of missing kyron horman. one of the women to be at the scene is break her silence. dede spicher says if she thinks her good friend, terri horman was involved. >> reporter: dede spicher spent a lot of time with kyron's stepmom, since the day that kyron disappeared. if anyone knows what is going on with her, she does. and she says terri horman did not hurt the 7-year-old. in the interview with "people" magazine, terri horman's close friend, dede spicher, describes kyron's stepmother almost as if she's the victim. there's this horror that my friend is going through, she says. if i thought for a second that she was capable of foul play, i
would not have been there. she would not have been my friend in the first place. >> dede didn't really talk about what she thinks the police are looking for. she just said that she has been questioned really intensely. >> reporter: while not calling either woman a suspect, police have clearly focused on horman and spicher. recently passing out a flyer, asking residents if they saw the two together the day kyron disappeared. the flyer includes a picture of horman's white pickup, which terri was reportedly driving that day. spicher says, authorities are out to get her friend. they want med to tell them that terri did it. or that terri knew something, she says. i told them everything i knew, over and over again. but i didn't tell them what they wanted to hear. investigators remain silent on the matter. but their actions indicate that horman and spicher remain central to the investigation. >> she was firm. and she was frustrated. she described a lot of very intense questioning by police.
and she said, more than once, terri's my friend. we wouldn't be friends if i thought she was capable of harming this child. >> reporter: there is one contradiction in the interviews. spicher says that she didn't leave the property where she was working that day. but in previous accounts, sources say, she couldn't account for a full hour and a half of her time on the day that kyron vanished. robin? >> all right. neal, thank you very much. joining us now is a man who knows the sheriff's department from the inside. bruce mccain, a former captain now, and now an attorney in portland. bruce, thank you for joining us again this morning. terri said she was not there -- excuse me. yes. dede, excuse me, said she was not there the morning kyron disappeared. what do you make of her comments and where she made them? >> again, robin, what she said was she never left the property that she was working out. and that apparently is in straight contradiction of other witnesses. that is a key piece.
this is all going back to friday, june 4th, of that mid-morning. and the irony here is that dede spicher has no one to corroborate her story. where terri horman has physical camera evidence and witnesses to place her at a certain fred miers store. dede, going public with this in "people" magazine, she says she's fully cooperating. but there are mixed signals. her lawyer says she is fully cooperating. and yet, he's having to negotiate with the prosecutor or how and when dede spicher will testify to the grand jury. we'll see if dede shows up voluntarily and testifies under oath to this grand jury, without a grant of immunity. >> you're talking about negotiating. you think that she wants immunity before she goes before the grand jury. others have been willing to go forward and talk to them. >> absolutely. she's the only witness that we know of that's lawyered up and has actually tried to negotiate her grand jury appearance. for somebody that has nothing to hide and is fully cooperative, that's a strange way to show it.
>> she says she was not there. but yet, she says she knows that her friend had nothing to do with it. the two just don't jive. >> no. if dede spicher is telling the truth that she never left that property, how in the world would she know what terri horman was doing at the same time? and don't forget. we just heard in the previous piece. she spent 11 days living with terri horman after kaine, the husband, moved out. investigators are keenly interested in what those 2 women were doing and talking about in the 11 davis kyron horman disappeared. >> you have to think in the 11 days, there had to be something that was said that would be of interest to investigators. >> there's no doubt about it. and initially, dede spicher, when she first appeared on the public radar, she distanced herself from terri horman. saying i have nothing to do with this. now, she's firmly entrenched in the terri horman fan club. the investigators are not buying this. if she's in a cooperative
witness, and telling them everything she has to know, investigators rewarded her by putting her picture on a quasi wanted picture, distributing it. >> that's a good point, bruce. and you feel still, no arrests on the horizon? >> the problem is, robin, what is the crime here? that's the perplexing aspect in the kyron horman case from the beginning. investigators don't know what crime or crimes have been committed. that part gets overlooked so often. but we don't know what happened to kyron. investigators don't know where he is. whether he's alive or dead. and until you answer that question, you're not going to see indictments or arrests related to kyron. there may be other criminal charges, like the murder-for-hire plot. but right now, an arrest on the kyron case does not look imminent because we don't know where he is. >> so incredibly frustrating. bruce, thank you again for your insight. appreciate it very much. >> you're welcome, robin.
>> wow. now, after nearly 20 years, radio personality, dr. laura schlessinger, says she's ending her indicated radio show. it has about 9 million listeners a day. this comes a week after the repeated use of the "n" word on her show, ignited criticism. andrea canning has the details. >> reporter: after nearly three decades of dolling out advice, the queen of radio says she is pulling the plug on her show. >> i made the decision not to do the radio anymore. >> reporter: and in true dr. laura style, she is not going quietly. >> i want to regain my first amendment rights. i want to be able to say what's on my mind and in my heart and what i think is helpful and useful, without somebody getting angry. >> reporter: her announcement on "larry king live" comes a week after a heated debate with a listener over racism. while arguing her case, dr. laura repeated a racial slur 11 times on the air. >> black guys use it all the time. turn on hbo. listen to a black comic. and all you hear is [ bleep ].
>> reporter: she apologized for the remarks the following day. >> i was attempting to make a philosophical point. and i articulated the "n" word all the way out. more than one time. and that was wrong. i'll say it again. that was wrong. >> reporter: this isn't the first time she's drawn fire. in 2000, she issued multiple apologies for calling homosexuals a biological error. her 16 years in indication will end just before christmas. and although she's done with radio, dr. laura says she'll be back. >> i'm not retiring. i'm not quitting. >> reporter: for "good morning america," andrea canning, abc news, new york. it is time, now, for the weather and sam champ. hey, sam. >> good morning. we're going to start with dispersement of the tropical moisture in the southeast. this means you will see heavy rain through the day today. all that moisture gets up to the stationary front. from new orleans, to raleigh.
we've seen some near philadelphia. south jersey, close to new york city. look out for the heavy rain. potential flooding exists there. we have cooler temperatures on the west. we thought we would talk about the tropical season. so far, we've been looking in this area for tropical storms to develop. the hurricane center says we have had three named storms. they expect 10 to 15 more. we're looking off the cape of africa. the storms coming off the coast of africa, in the warmer waters of the atlantic. takes some time for the waters to warm up. and we're seeing the la nina in that area. >> the yellow, that is moderate to heavy shower. loudon county, metro area, and prince george's county where you loudon county, metro area, and prince george's county where you have localized
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there are new signs this morning that the nation's housing market remains on unstable ground. if number of americans me than 60 days behind on their mortgage payments are higher than a year ago. meantime, the number of people losing their homes to foreclosures is also on the rise. what does this mean for people looking to buy or sell a home?
let's bring in mellody hobson, our "gma" financial contributor and the president of ariel investments. good morning, mellody. let's look at the rise of the number of people falling behind. that's worrisome. >> it is. and 6.7% of people are at least 60 days behind. that means they've missed two payments. many are a precursor to foreclosure because it becomes so hard to catch up. now, the good news is, that number has trended down this year. the bad news is, it's still way up over this time last year, when that number looked more like 5.8% of mortgage holders. >> and foreclosures up, as well. >> foreclosures are up, not surprising, given the fact that people have fallen behind. specifically in the month of july, we saw foreclosures up 6%, over july of 2009. and from june to july of this year, foreclosures went up 9%. 93,000 homes were foreclosed on in the month of july. and obviously, that's very, very troubling. >> that is the difficult news.
but it also does create opportunities. you would think for people looking to buy a home. >> silver lining is, if you are a buyer, you're in the cat bird seat. there's no question about it. not only is there a lot of inventory out there. you have a lot to choose from. prices remain low. they're only up 1% over this time last year. they haven't moved very much. but, the hurdle to get a mortgage, so high. >> that's what i wanted to get to because you would think, not only prices are not going up. mortgages are going down, which means that the, effectively, the price is going down. even though you see these amazingly low rates, 3%, 3.5%, 4%, it's difficult to get the mortgages. and distressed owners want to sell. but to get a mortgage, you need pristine credit to get a mortgage right now. >> that makes sense. >> absolutely. but at the same time, to get a mortgage, you need a credit score of 730 out of 800. the average american right now
is around 600. that's a big difference. you have to have 20% down, no question. the banks are being very, very tough. so, the bad news is, there are people out there who would like to buy a house. but they feel like they can't get a mortgage. >> and are credit-worthy but not perfect credit. >> exactly. >> and the second big hurdle right now, the closing costs continue to climb. >> closing costs have gone way up. last year around this time, they for $2,700 to close on a home. right now, it's about $3,700. and in states like new york, and texas and utah, much higher than that. we've seen a big difference. >> is there anything people can do to avoid the high closing costs? >> one thing you can do is talk to your seller about splitting the costs with you. they're so distressed, they might eat some of the costs to get the deal closed. especially if you're buying a home from a bank that's holding a foreclosed home. ask them about that, as well. >> finally, we saw there was a big meeting led by treasury
secretary geithner yesterday. housing finance experts in washington, trying to figure out ways to kick-start this market again. is there anything more that washington can do right now to try to help people who are ready to buy a house? i read one bond expert saying, what the government should do is step in and basically guarantee the low mortgage rates for everybody who has a ballooning mortgage right now. >> right. the obama administration talked about the fact they want to help the unemployed be able to continue to stay in their homes, so we don't see further foreclosures. two, freddie mac and fannie mae account for 90% of mortgages right now. there's some talk about them pulling back. that would be a huge mistake. it would lead a bad housing market into an abyss. i don't expect to see big changes there in the near or intermediate term. the idea that people have mortgages, let's lower them, so they have more money to go out and spend. >> he said that would be the stimulus. >> i think it's a great idea.
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>> good morning, once again, this rainy wednesday morning. i am alison starling. let's get started by trekking -- checking the roads. what is going on? >> hard rain and water collecting and now swift water rescues are in play in several areas of montgomery county and rock creek park. they closed rock creek park, beach drive, between the zoo and broad bridge road. -- broad branch.
lawyers road closed at hunter mill. canal road closed at arizona avenue because of the deep water near fletcher's boat house. look at the traffic out of maryland across the american legion bridge because there was deep water on the dulles toll road. complaints where they have been doing the hot lane work over at tyson's, the beltway at 66, water collecting at the jersey wall. >> a new flood warning for frederick, no. 4 care and loudon county. mainly loudon county, central park, including leesburg. yellow, orange, red, the heavy rainfall. not moving very quickly. urban and stream flood warning -- district, surrounding counties, and anne arundel counties. anticipate flooding. a very heavy rain and we still have rain coming down.
♪ let's give them something to talk about ♪ ♪ let's give them something to talk about ♪ good morning, america. this wednesday morning. a lot of folks, celebrating their birthday. we have a 9-year-old, just turned 9 years old here. >> happy birthday. >> a 13-year-old over here. also 13. we have so much to talk about this morning, george. >> and right here. happy birthday, andrew. we have a lot to talk about. we have blago. we have dr. laura.
and we have so much to talk about on "the morning mix." >> we have lou dobbs and actor/director, rob reiner. they have never met before. but they will mix it up this morning. rob has a new movie coming out. talk about that, as well, this next half hour. >> a good "morning mix," george. and also coming up, we have dr. richard besser. we were surprised. he's never had this procedure. it's a procedure that many -- well, many of us dread. the prep to it and all that, a colonoscopy. and dr. richard besser had his first one. and he's here to show is the only thing we have to fear is not having a colonoscopy. >> such an important test to take. we'll bring us through it this morning. also, if you think it's tough to make a career change in this tough economy, think again. these three women did it by starting their own businesses. they will share the secrets of their success. first, we go to bianna golodryga, who is in for juju chang and the news. >> good morning, everyone.
former governor rod blagojevich, is gearing up for a retrial, after big convicted of one of two dozen counts. jurors in his corruption tri found him guilty of lying to the fbi. but they were deadlocked on the other charges. one holdout in the jury saved blagojevich from the most explosive charge of trying to sell president obama's old senate seat. a disturbing development in pakistan this morning, where there are few signs that conditions are improving among the epic floods that have killed at least 1,500 people. our jim sciutto visited a refugee camp run by a terror group that launched a deadly attack in india two years ago. terror groups are moving in, trying to win over the local population with aid. nearly 230 million eggs are being recalled because of a salmonella outbreak. they're have the wright county egg farm in iowa. and were linked to cases in california, colorado and minnesota. here's a list of the 13 brand names the eggs were sold under. they were packaged between may
16th and august 13th. a wake-up call for all of us listen to music on an ipod or mp3 player. a new study finds one in five teenagers have hearing loss typical of 55-year-olds or 60-year-olds. and finally, forget all the old stereotypes about women versus men behind the wheel. listen to this. turns out women are much safer drivers than men. a new study conducted here in new york -- don't laugh -- finds that men were involved in 80% of all crashes where pedestrians were seriously killed or injured in a five-year period. experts say women take fewer risks and are less aggressive. kind of like the italian bees, sam champion. >> bianna golodryga, you're like a breath of fresh air, in otherwise humid, times square. how are you this morning? >> i'm good. we have good artwork.
i want to show you. look over here. look at that gorgeous, gorgeous little shot of the jersey shore there. very nice. we're doing a little television. hang on. i am having a conversation. hey, sam. wait a minute. i'll be right there. let's get to the boards. one or two things we want to talk about this morning we want you to see. we'll start with twitter pictures, from red river, new mexico, a gorgeous -- that's kind of a double-rainbow there, if you look to the right. all the way to warren, michigan. thanks, by the way. when you're out and about and you see great skies or twitter pictures, send them to us. cooler on the northwest >> widespread rain showers, mainly light in nature but moderate to heavy rain showers have fallen over the same areas. in turn, some flooding. flood warnings for the district an immediate surrounding counties, and a rondo and now out west, where you see this our
engine red, where you have the heaviest showers. flood warnings through later this morning. anticipate flood prone areas to blood. 70's today, of this is the favorite part of my day, robin. >> and they are lively this morning, sam. thank you. in america's health this morning, taking the fear out of getting a colonoscopy. one of the most important things you can do when you turn 50 is not before, is getting screened for colon cancer. it's the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the u.s. and many of the deaths are preventable. here's our senior health and medical editor, dr. richard besser. you had your first one? >> i did. i'm 50 now. i made an appointment to get a collins osing by. i wanted to take you through what happened. demystify the experience, if you will.
so people out there know it's simple, it's relatively painless. and in just 15 minutes, it could save your life. the preparation begins the day before the screening. hi, how are you? >> good, how are you? >> reporter: good. i'm here to get my medicines. the most common solutions is a liquid of medicine. what do you get from people who get this? >> taste is the biggest problem. if you refrigerate it, it eases it a little bit. >> reporter: that's a good tip for people? keep it cold? >> keep it cold. >> reporter: there was another preparation. these pills. i take 32 pills in groups of 4. that's 4 of the pills every 15 minutes. followed by a glass of liquid. not too hard to do. easy does it. it's often fear that prevents millions of americans from being screened for colon cancer. if screening rates immoved, tens of millions of lives would be
improved. how are you doing, dr. change? my doctor hears it every day. what prevents people from getting the test? >> they hear from their friends, the procedure was terrible. the preparation was terrible. i would tell you a vast majority of patients after undergoing procedure would say, that really wasn't so bad. >> reporter: here's the room where the colonoscopy's done, from beginning to end, 15 minutes. procedure's done here. and on the screen, that's where the doctor can see the inside of the colon. here's what happens during a colonoscopy. a tube with a camera on the end, snakes four to six feet through your large intestine until it gets to the end. from there, doctors work backwards, examining the lining of your colon. if a doctor sees a polyp like this, it can be removed in the procedure. the goal is to remove any polyps before they have a chance to turn cancerous. so simple and so important as we age. if all goes well, i will be back every ten years until i'm 75. >> let's go back.
>> reporter: okay. >> rich, that was yesterday. how are you feeling? >> i feel great. it was so much easier than i thought it would be. let me show you the instrument that they use. this is a colonoscope. it's really fantastic. the end here is incredible. it has a camera. it has lights. and a little port for instruments. and turning the dials allows the gastro enterologist to move anywhere they want to see your entire colon. and if they find something, they can insert a instrument in there. and it has little snips on there. >> it's painless. and you never feel a thing. >> totally painless. >> let's go to the smart screen. you can indicate more what we're seeing here. tell us what the doctor's looking for. >> this is your large intestine. it's also called your colon. they insert the scope all the way through. here's what they're looking for. here's what they're looking at. this is a normal lining of the intestine. it's nice and smooth.
it's clean. there's nothing there they need to worry about. but one of the most common findings they're going to find is this. it's called a polyp. and it's not dangerous if it's picked up early. it's a little growth. it looks like a mushroom on a stalk. and what they can do with the little clippers i showed you, is remove that. they send that for testing. by removing those, it reduces your risk of cancer by 90%. the reason that colon cancer screening is to look for this. and this is what a colon cancer actually looks like. it's a growth. so, it looks like a polyp gone bad. they will take that out. they will send that for testing. and based on that, they'll determine what type of treatment you might need. >> and so, 50's usually the benchmark when you have the first one. like with you. there's other cases where you should go earlier. >> for the general population, 50 is the way to go. but there's certain risk factors. the first one is age. so, 50 is that cutoff.
but genetics. there's certain conditions, certain medical conditions that you may have. genetic conditions that cause for earlier screening. family history. if anyone in your family has had colon cancer, that's a reason. and crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and other cancer. >> when i was diagnosed with breast cancer, i had to have a colonoscopy before my surgery. and i had a second colonoscopy a month ago because the two are related. >> people will say, it's breast cancer. why do i need colon screening? >> and by the way, i'm not 50. not yet. it's getting close. >> it's not so bad being 50. >> you're about to be 51. you got in just under the wire. >> i wanted to make sure. 50 is the number people should remember. if you missed 50, it's not too late to get it when you're older. >> glad things turned out for you. you can find rich's complete guide to getting a colonoscopy at abcnews.com/gma, including an interactive guide to your colon. what doctors are looking for and tools to find out if you're at
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♪ let's give them something to talk about ♪ it is time for "the morning mix," where we tackle all the controversial topics of the day. and there's a parade of names making headlines this week. rod blagojevich, laura schlessinger, steven slater. we have the islamic center at ground zero. and a new one. grilled or fried at kfc? rob reiner is here. and he has a great, new movie called "flipped." and lou dobbs. let me begin with yesterday. rod blagojevich, after a long trial and long deliberations, he gets out on 1 count out of 23. and one juror who said, i'm not going to do it. >> when you lock up on 23 and
they get him on 1. there seems to be a feeling of great disappointment in the media, for that one count of lying to federal prosecutors. >> it's still five years. >> five years of prison. that doesn't seem to be a bad prosecutorial result. >> well, patrick fitzgerald said, the stories that you will hear, would make abe lincoln roll over in his grave. >> yeah. this thing is, you have to prove it in court. you have to get people to say you proved it in court. it sounds like a mistrial. it sounds like they'll try it again. we'll see what happens. like what we did on prop 8. you can say what you want in the media. but you ultimately have to come into a courtroom. and that's where the truth is. you can't just spew things. you have to have facts, backed up by evidence. >> of course, you had a judge, not a jury, in california, for proposition 8. on the issue of gay marriage, it does seem as if, over time, the country's moving in this direction.
it's still a risky strategy. you need five votes on the supreme court. >> yeah. well, we feel we're going to get more than five. and we got a great team. we've got, you know, the bush v. gore team. ted olson versus david boies. ted olson got five votes in bush v. gore. and david boies got four. if we put them together, we're looking for nine. yeah. >> do they get your vote? >> well, ted olson and david boies, i think are two of the most brilliant lawyers in the country. you know, i think that they are a brilliant team, obviously. i think they're on the right side of the issue. i see this less as a legal battle, although that's where it will play out, than a battle of really conscience and understanding of the constitution. the 14th amendment, which has been much in the news of late, speaks to due process. it speaks to equality under the law. and it seems to me, i understand and respect, profoundly, those
who have objections to homosexual marriage on the basis of their religion. but i think all of us respect the constitution far too much to deny its rights to any american. >> you bring up the constitution. laura schlessinger invoked the constitution when she was leaving her radio show. she said she was doing it to protect her first amendment rights. take a listen. >> i want to regain my first amendment rights. i want to be able to say what's on my mind and in my heart and what i think is helpful and useful, without somebody getting angry. >> that is an interesting twist on the constitution. she has to give up her radio show, to regain her first amendment rights. >> it's extraordinary because radio is, i think, the most -- most unincumbered, inconstrained medium of all. and to give that up because she chose to use some of -- well, the ugliest language one can
imagine in our society, is -- well, strange. >> she was fired, right? >> and she's not giving up her constitutional rights. she's choosing to give up her constitutional rights. i mean, she joins a long list of people who were geniuses in managing their career. when you look at, you know, michael richards and don imus. and go back to al campanus. jimmy the greek. she's doing herself a terrible disservice. >> it offends me, irrespective of who is using it whatever he or she, their race. this is language that does not belong in our society, let alone on our air waves. >> it seems like her affiliates felt that, as well. the important controversy of the week. kentucky fried chicken, grilled or fried. >> this is the big controversy. and my feeling is this, why
should kentucky fried chicken, be denied the right to add to our obesity epidemic? i mean, you know, we -- they shouldn't be left in the lurch. they want to be on the forefront of that. >> if you want to eat healthy, why in the world are you choosing a fast food outlet? and secondly, do you think it should be near ground zero? >> what's the answer? take a stand. don't just lay it out there. >> i believe that we should get every, every american an opportunity -- how did the president put it? to exercise their rights. but not necessarily deny the wisdom of not doing so. can i use another double-negative. he was absolutely unclear, unfortunately. >> he became unclear, unfortunately. he took a position and then backtracked. that's unfortunate. >> the president had a real opportunity to be a leader. instead of pandering to interest
groups, group and identity politics. he could have looked at the world, instead of competing interests, looked at shared interest. called for an interfaith center to be built near ground zero. that's a solution. >> that may be in the works. rob, you have to tell us about this movie, "flipped." it sounds so charming. >> it's about first love. the 13-year-olds. takes place, late '50s, early '60s, around the time of "stand by me." and it's the first feelings of love. >> it was great to have you here today. thanks very much. when we come back, small business success stories. please three women made it happen. we'll tell you how you can, too. ♪ a nutritious start to the day is essential. that's why carnation instant breakfast essentials supplies the nutrients of a balanced breakfast. so kids get the protein and calcium they need
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mclean. numerous wrecks on the beltway, even though you cannot even get to the pace. so a round of dulles toll road, deep water around rest and. and metrorail had a fire, smoke reported at union station. red line commuters have an additional weight. >> flooding and flood prone areas, especially in and around the metro area. urban and small stream flood warnings in the defect and flood watches for the rest of the region, east of blue ridge. look at the totals already. college park, over 3.25 inches.
the district, almost 3 inches. very impressive. temperatures dropping to the mid 60's. now to the radar, scattered showers pretty much everywhere around the region. southern maryland, light rain. the heaviest rain is this yellow and orange area around bowie, and around the area, and also leesburg, heavy rain causing areas of flooding. basically if you are a basement, -- if you have a basement prone to flooding. and also in your commute, if there is a flood prone area, anticipate high water. moving over the same place over and over. let's get to the forecast. gray skies, often on rainshowers. we will get breaks in the action but more showered the should line up later today.
>> welcome back. there are concerns about flooding this morning in parts of the d.c. area. as adams said, a flood warning is now in effect. stephen tschida has more. >> heavy rain started early and just keeps coming down. the onslaught of moisture after last week's deluge has fears of flooding on the rise. >> scared out of my mind. >> while some loaded up on sandbags, others just hope for the best but what they're rain expected to continue for hours, the forecast calls for it to carry on all through the day. the likelihood of localized flooding is high. also concerned about rising water on low-lying roads. then they already wet earth and a further saturation of the ground could weaken trees and caused some of them to come crashing down. this could lead to yet another bout of power outages.
>> that was stephen jeter reporting. another news update at 8:56. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] jennifer aniston, back on the big screen. and back on "good morning america." you can see jen live right here with us tomorrow. jennifer aniston, as we say good morning, america. here with george, i'm robin. have to come back with jennifer tomorrow. yeah? got a date? >> yes. >> we'll be back. it's a fun, new movie. it's called "the switch." it's caused a little controversy. bill o'reilly is taking it up. >> i love that song. don't you love that song? don't make me do the jersey pump. >> you, elliott and harper.
every time it comes on. screaming. they want to be california girlgirl s. sorry, girls. also, this half hour, people are facing tough decisions. when is the right time to claim your social security benefits? we're going to bring mellody hobson back and give you everything you need to know to make this decision. and tory johnson introduces us to three women who have not let the job market defeat them. how they turned their lives around by starting the small businesses of their dreams. also, life skills 101. the five things your teens need to know before you send them off to college. >> that's so true. >> the first time. sweaty palms. >> i know. it works out in the end. sam champion is outside. he has "just one thing" for us. >> hi. hi, robin. we're just jabbing away. say hi to george and robin. it could be louder than that. patty kim, the most gorgeous and
smart screen expert is here, for our "just one thing." did you know, that ten pounds per passenger on an airplane, requires 350 million gallons of jet fuel per year. some airlines are charges you $25 to check some carry-on bags. spirit airlines is charges you $45. your fuel economy, if you're driving, drops 2% if you're carrying 100 pounds of weight in your vehicle. so, patty, lighten our load. >> yes. >> green us up. >> i'm sure we have serial overpackers here, right? people who put their closet into a suitcase. i'm going to free you from the nightmare of lugging a five-piece luggage set. the heavier your suitcase, the more fuel it takes to carry you to your destination. the more co2, in the atmosphere. you're going to do yourself favors. you're not waiting around in the baggage carousel. money. >> taking out of your pocket.
>> and you'll be avoiding stress, which is the whole point of a vacation. >> are there bags that help us back lighter? >> absolutely. for sure. this is one. this is a beauty. if you take a big bag, you're going to fill it. start with something small, light weight, transportable, with shoulder straps or wheels. this is a rick steves convertible carry-on. >> i don't want to hit you. >> it's soft-sided. it means you can squish it into the overhead bins, that are tricky. >> how do we take it down? >> we're going to take up the bulk of our bag. two pairs of pants. make sure two of them are the zip-off kind that can go into shorts. >> i like that. think how you can kind of like -- >> exactly. reduce. instead of two jackets, bring one fleece. a handty trick, quick-drying socks and underwear. >> a liar. a water-proof shell and things yournd beneath.
>> paper-thin jacket. >> the folding. we need to talk about this, too. >> this is what you want to do when you get a job at the gap or brooks brothers. >> not for luggage. >> exactly. you're on the ball. we want to roll or bundle. roll tight like a sleeping bag. this revolutionized my family's packing. we went down to one bag. >> it makes a big difference. all of the tips are on our website. lovely patty kim will make it easy for you to travel lighter. one, quick map before we get to the rest of the show. look outside. nationally, cooler air along the coastline. step in, and you have big heat everywhere >> if you are in an area or drive through an area prone to flooding, anticipate high water especially the morning through the midday. areas of rain scattered. not everywhere and it will not rain
all that weather was brought to you by kellogg's special k. lighting it up, robin. >> sam, thank you. now, a look at a key part of america's money. social security just turned 75. but the program doesn't have much to celebrate. more people than ever before, 2.74 million, took their benefits in 2009, creating a rare shortfall in the fund. but is claiming your retirement benefits the right financial move? mellody hobson is back with us again this morning. a shortfall, this year, probably next. but no one's benefits right now are in jeopardy. >> that's right. but keep in mind, the earlier you take the payout, the less the payout will be. and one way to think about it, the waiting as long as possible, to tap into social security, is absolutely the best thing. for every year you wait, you generally add 5% to 6% to your payout. here's another way to think of it. there's three stages of retirement. the first stage is early
retirement. you tap into social security at the age of 62. you get 75% of what would have been your full benefit. if you wait until your normal retirement age, which is between the ages of 65 and 67, depending on when you were born, you get 100% of your payout. but if you hang on until you're 70, you get 132% of what you were owed before. no benefit to waiting until after 70. >> can you work and claim your benefits? >> you can. however, you can only get your full payout and have no implications if you are within your normal retirement age. so, you're 65 to 67. and you've tapped into social security. and you have a job, you'll still get your full benefits. but if you've taken social security early, than what the government says for every $1 you earn, they're going to take $2. for every dollar over $14,160. there's a cost to having tapped in early, if you get a full-time job. now, here's what people are
saying. what if i was really on hard times and i had to take the money? and now, i have a job and i want to stop? >> exactly. >> you can. you can write to the social security administration and tell them, you want to stop receiving your payout. but you have to pay them back whatever they've paid to you thus far. and in that situation, you can wait until you're 70 and get that much bigger payout. >> all that makes perfect sense. this is information a lot of people don't know about. >> that's right. >> glad you're sharing it. so, what if you are -- i know that you're saying you should wait as long as you can. but there have to be some instances, other than what you just mentioned, when it does make sense to take it early. the benefits. >> wait as long as you can. aarp says 14% of americans right now receive 100% of their retirement income from social security. and half of all americans are counting on 50% of their retirement income coming from social security, in terms of right now.
that just bodes for, and really does underscore the need to wait. but there are some situations where it might make sense. and one of which is if you were in poor health and you don't see yourself having other options. >> that's what i thought. what if you're married? how does that play in? >> here's the interesting thing. the social security ties your account together if you're married more than ten years. in that situation, it gets tricky, when you think about who should take social security and when? here's a simple rule of thumb. you consider your age. and you consider your health. let's say you have two people, you're in good health. and you're thinking this through. the best thing you can do is to have the lower-earning spouse take social security at 62. and the higher-earning spouse take social security at 70. this ensures in the event of death, the highest maximum benefit is paid to the lower-earning spouse. >> again, ten years married, automatically, tied together. >> yes. >> okay. didn't know that, as well.
♪ ain't no mountain high enough ♪ in today's america's jobs, three small business success stories. three women taking control of their careers before the rough economy did it for them. now, they're living thr dreams, as business owners of businesses they love. and tory johnson is back. once they get that idea, figure out what they want the business to be, the big obstacle is money. >> money. i don't have any money. i can't possibly do it. these three women showed you can do it. a little encouraging news is that for the first five months of this year, the sba says they backed more than 4,000 loans totalling $11 billion. we're starting to see some money is out there. that brings us with good luck and good news. >> small loans. >> small loans. to vivian tenorio, for example.
she was working as a software installer. she saw that the work orders were slowing in her company. and she said i need a plan "b." what would i do in the event without a paycheck? she started dabbling with a family recipe of flan. and people said you can't build a business out of that dessert. it's not going to work. and she said, watch me. she started cooking up batches. sampling it in different areas around where she lived. and the orders started coming in. she packed up her car. drove to the austin headquarters of whole foods. dropped off samples. begged the receptionist to make sure that a buyer was able to get that package. the next day, they called and placed an order. she's now in 100 whole foods stores, as well as others. she realized -- >> that must be really good flan. >> it got a thumbs up around here. double thumbs up around here. and what she realized then, was she needed money to really grow.
she alpplied for and got a $15,000 loan. that's all she needed. and she's projecting retail sales of $250,000. >> that's something. what's the big lesson? >> for her, there's two of them. get friendly with your bankers. know what the bank wants before you go in and ask for the money. all of us can go into our banks and talk to people. go into other banks in your area and talk about what they're looking for when lending. and also, try before you buy. a lot of times people think that, i'm going to need all of this expensive equipment. one of the best tips vivian says, is if someone wants to start a food business, look for commercial kitchen space. maybe even calling a church. and saying can i rent it offhours when you're not using that kitchen? try things out before you invest in expensive technology or sign leases. >> the next one found her money on the internet. >> she found it on the internet, yes. lydia hamilton was, until earlier this year, an i.t. project manager. decided she wanted a complete
change in career direction. like vivian, she needed money. $25,000 to start up what she wanted was a specialty women's clothing boutique. she went into three banks. all three banks said, love your business plan. sorry, no. and they said check back with us. she said, no. right now. and so, she decided to go on to the internet. and she found prosper, which is the largest peer-to-peer lending network. that means, if you have good credit, post you loan request online. and anybody can choose to invest in your business, as long as it's a minimum of $25. in ten days after posting this, 700 strangers fully fund$700 st $25,000. she's paying more interesting than she would be the bank. but she got her moneys. really happy. boutique lareau is online and in wisconsin. >> what could be tricky territory, going to your family for money. >> it hel happened to work real
well for teresa delfin. she wanted to start a company that made clothing for women who loved the rugged outdoors. she went to family. her parents, in-laws and an uncle. together, they put up $140,000. a lot of money for her business. mountain mamma launches today, online. and she's really excited because she says her best resources came from networking within her industry. and she said you'd be surprised how many people are willing to share with you the best vendors, the best resources. and she's proud that the tops in the collection start at $29. and they're all made around her area in california. the factory's milled down -- it produces the fabric in downtown l.a. the zippers are from anaheim. so, she's helping to keep jobs in america with her line. >> quickly, when you go to your family, it's important to do everything by the book. write it all out. write out the terms.
>> absolutely. make sure that everybody is clear. is this a gift? is it a loan? what are the terms of repayment? do you own a piece of the business? when do you expect to be paid back? what kind of interest? just as to the letter, as you would if you were going to the bank. just as specific. really important. >> be clear. tory johnson, thanks very much. social media can make all the difference to your start-up
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ann pleshette murphy joins us this morning. good morning. we know laundry and schoolwork, very important. but money management. >> i think the important thing about credit cards, obviously, teaching a kid how to use a credit card, they don't need practice in spending money. but they do need to sit down and possibly take out your credit card bill. show them what the interest looks like, if they pay the minimum. how it compounds and how much more expensive that's going to be. show them where to look for the interest statement on the credit card. the good news is there is this new law. this is the first incoming class that will actually be protected and cannot sign up for a credit card without their parent or guardian co-signing. that's a good thing. it's very important that they know the basics before they head off to school. >> that's a good thing. when i went to college, they were handing out credit cards. >> exactly. >> that's a great thing. another thing students are addicted to these days, their
computers. that can get in the way. when to turn it off. >> i think an important life skill is learning how to turn off your computer. obviously, they need it for homework, for the research. but i found with my kids, one of the things, they do all their socializing on the computer. they never go out of the rooms. i would say, turn off the computer, get out of your room, meet people. it could be lonely that first year if you're just on facebook. >> and time management is not a skill that teens are good with. it's something they need in the adult world. >> one of the things specifically i found, as a parent. i made the kids' importants. teaching a child how to make and keep an appointment. it sounds simple. but if they have never done it, they can't squeeze in a doctor's appointment between two classes. get the person's name you're speaking to, things that we take for granteded. give them practice on how to make an appointment. and how to keep it and follow-up. >> another more important and serious note is when you have
mental issues. >> yes. >> if they're depressed. >> really good point. the kids will make a health -- an appointment at the health clinic if they're sick. but really emphasize that a large portion of college students suffer from feeling overwhelmed, feeling depressed. talk about beating the blues. how to beat the blues. how important it is to get adequate sleep. not to drink, which is a depressant. and tell them, if they're feeling down, another reason to make the appointment. >> and you think kids know how to fight better than anyone else. there's a proper way to argue and deal with frustrations, specifically when you have new roommates. >> i think this is the biggest thing. how do argue. and everyone says, my teen doesn't need any coaching in that. but that's not what i'm talking about. y roommate's playing music that you don't like at 3:00 a.m., most kids would avoid this. i heard about two kids that texted each other in the same room.
i am pamela brown with your local update. first, a look at traffic on the weather. lee said, already flooding. >> it has been a tough morning. i talked to a woman who said her normal commute is 50 minutes and today it is a little over two hours. traffic is just crawling. we have had numerous road closed because of water that is collecting, the drain is not able to keep up, and rivers overflowing banks. one example, video of traffic between adults bill -- beltsville and laurel. between and in dale road and powder mill road, all the traffic backed up wondering what they will do. just turning around. this is an example of deep water. they had the entire side of beach drive and rock creek park closed between kensington and the kennedy center. >> look at the totals, over 3
inches, bethesda, chevy chase, a delphi, college park. numerous locations, well over two inches and some areas well over 3 inches. it is still coming down. scattered showers pretty much everywhere. the heaviest in the eastern half of loudon county and montgomery county right around the beltway. prince george's county, right around the bw parkway. rockville, potomac -- we do have flood warnings for urban areas and small streets. flood watch east of the blue ridge. >> look forward to it. thank you for watching. back at noon. [ girl ] bye mom! bye sweetie! you'll do great.
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